Spices can help to stimulate digestion, boost our immune system and have an incredible anti-inflammatory effect.
Not only that, they are also great for giving a meal that boost of flavour without adding in extra fat, salt or sugar.
Spices have been used throughout history for their medicinal and health-enhancing benefits. They are antioxidant powerhouses with anti-bacterial properties and are not too expensive to buy (you may even find them already in your kitchen cupboards!).
Turmeric contains the powerful antioxidant curcumin with research suggesting it can be used in treating or preventing several types of cancer, including breast, prostate and colon.
It also is rich in the mineral manganese which supports collagen production and has a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect (great for inflammatory skin conditions like acne!).
It can be added in to soups, stews, roasted vegetables and coffees.
Cumin is brilliant for treating digestive problems, is a rich source of iron and helps to boost immunity.
A compound in cumin, thymol, has been shown to stimulate the glands that secrete acids, bile and enzymes which are responsible for the digestion of food in the stomach and intestines.
Remember, optimal digestion is key to a clear skin and a healthy body and mind.
I love crushing cumin and adding into my salad dressings but it can also be used in bread, soups, vegetables, meat dishes!
A powerful and spicy little pepper!
Research has suggested that capsaicin, the active compound in cayenne pepper can boost our metabolism, digestion, stimulate circulation and play a small role in weight management.
Cayenne pepper is brimming with beta-carotene that support our immune systems, healthy skin and vision.
It can be added into smoothies, shots (i.e. lemon not alcohol!), curry’s, pasta dishes and even vegetable stock.
Cinnamon has been used medicinally for decades. It helps to balance blood sugar levels, aid in digestion, improve circulation and full of antioxidants that reduce free radical damage.
Cinnamon is a natural anti-microbial, anti-biotic and anti-viral spice and its sweet, comforting taste makes it easy to use in many recipes.
You can add it into cacao hot chocolate, porridge, chia seed puddings or even baked pears (see image below)!
Ginger has long used in Chinese medicine due to its immune-boosting properties. It has been used to treat a common cold, digestive issues and even morning sickness.
Ginger is rich in antioxidants and contains anti-inflammatory properties as well as therapeutic compounds.
Optimal ways to use it include adding it into hot water as a tea, smoothies, juices, curry’s, salad dressings or even into porridge!
Nutmeg is a slightly sweet spice that has anti-bacterial compounds and contains ingredients that can help improve memory, relax muscles and aid in digestion.
Its beneficial components include fibre, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium and copper.
It can be added into soups, porridge, cakes, chia seed puddings, roasted pecans and pies!
Beauty Secret: *GoldSpice*
A blend of 8 powerful spices that have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It contains 4 out of the 5 spices mentioned above; cumin, turmeric, ginger and cinnamon.
A great option to add into your diet to help take down inflammation particularly in the skin.
You can add it into your coffee, porridge, smoothies or in refrigerated cold coconut milk (which tastes incredible!)
Have a great day!